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01435 viewsThe Marsh deer (Blactocerus dichotamus) also known as the Guasu pucu is the largest South American deer species. The antlers fork twice, with additional tines as in this specimen. The rare deer survives in several areas in Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia.
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02126 viewsWhite tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), is the most common, widespread and adaptable deer species in the Americas.
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02a120 viewsHere is a smaller head of the white tailed deer. There are smaller sub species on Islands and in Central America.
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02b123 viewsAs all deer age, the antlers reach a point of peaking before becoming less elaborate.
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02c121 viewsTwo similar shaped antlers but different sizes.
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03122 viewsPere David’s deer (Elaphurus davidianus) is extinct in the wild and only survives in captive collections. It lived in North East china but by 1800 the only known specimens were spied living in an Imperial park.
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03a121 viewsScandinavian caribou (reindeer). This species is semi domesticated and used all year round. It is herded and farmed in the open. There are many subspecies and races of caribou, especially in the Americas and Canada. In Scandinavia and Europe they are called reindeer . This species is the only known deer where the females also carry antlers (much smaller).
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04128 viewsWoodland Caribou. These are the antlers and head of the uni coloured rare woodland caribou (RangiferTarandus osbornii). It is a primitive race and the antlers are squat and palmate with flattened beams, branches, as well as shovels. Many caribou photos on the internet and in books claim to be woodland caribou but they are not the real ancient type as that is so rare that only a few thoroughbred herds still exist. The antlers and uniform dark coat colour is diagnostic.
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05138 viewsWoodland caribou. A pair of larger antlers.
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05a134 viewsNew forest fallow buck (Dama dama). The New Forest in south Hampshire is renown for its deer. It was a medieval hunting park which had naturally occurring fallow, red and roe deer. The fallow may have been brought across the channel by the Normans. The forest, Ytene as it was called in ancient times has changed very little and is a natural large expanse of heathland and ancient wild woodland.

The numbers of deer were very high, especially fallow. The native red deer numbers kept dwindling since the medieval times. Now they are very low but were greater during the end of the last century. Now different pressures are forced upon them in the way of increased human recreation, dogs and poaching.

In 1851 the new forest deer removal act was passed and attempts to remove all deer failed. Woodland trees were more important and were fenced off.

The forest boasts many plant and invertebrate species that have since disappeared from the rest of Britain and a lot of northern Europe. The fallow deer antlers here have inward facing lower crown points.
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05b133 viewsNew Forest fallow buck. This specimen was a road killed buck that was spotted by members of the Bournemouth Natural Science Society on a field meeting and they wanted to have its head preserved and mounted.
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05c125 viewsShed fallow buck antlers.
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